To strengthen the tassels I enclosed the tips of the tassels in interfacing and zigzagged to hold it all together. I am hoping this will help prevent the tassels from accidentally being pulled out of the finished pillow.
I hand based a tassel at each corner and even basted down the fringe end to prevent it from being caught in the seams.
The pillow fronts with the tassels securely basted is placed with the right side of the pillow front onto the right side of the lapped zipper backing ( remember it is always right sides together! ).
I pinned each corner diagonally so the motion of sewing would not dislodge the tassel from the corner. I also marked with red ink pen where to stitch so all tassels on finished pillows would be identical lengths. The measurement is about 1/2" from the tassel bead.
After sewing the four sides together I ovelocked the sides for added strength and to help stop the tapestry pillow front from fraying.
My daughter now has two matching pillows to remember her Turkish adventure.
You're welcome Sarah :)